Munde slams Fadnavis over loan waiver remark; din in Council
Justifying the loan waiver demand, he said the state government can directly pay to farmers rather than giving the amount to banks.
"The Congress-NCP government only gave out Rs 7,000 crore in packages for farmers, but in the past 30 months, we have given more than Rs 31,000 crore for farmers. Out of the total loan, Rs 31,057 crore is overdue and Rs 30,500 crore is outdated", he said.
".The government of Maharashtra would participate in the scheme as per the fiscal space of the state", he said, adding that if the debt of these farmers is not serviced, they will be out of institutional credit system. "A delegation of the State Government will meet Union Finance Minister and Agriculture Minister to press for farm loan waiver", the Chief Minister sasid.
Sunil Tatkare (NCP), raising a point of order, argued Minister of State for Finance and Planning Deepak Kesarkar of Shiv Sena did not have the moral right to table the report as his party, too, was pushing for farm loan waiver.
Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde said by not making a statement in the Council over the loan waiver issue, the Chief Minister had shown disrespect to the Upper House.
Fadnavis reiterated that his Government was not opposed to farm loan waiver but wanted that the decision, when taken, to benefit farmers. They, together with the Congress and NCP MLAs, rushed to the well of the House and shouted vociferous slogans demanding the farm loan waiver. While going in for farm loan waiver, we will lay emphasis on improving the standard of agriculture in the state.
But it is their 15 years' misgovernance and wrong policies which have landed the farmers in trouble. "In addition, we have invested as much as Rs 2,000 crore on crop insurance, Rs 8,000 crore losses caused by natural calamities and Rs 1500 crore on measures to increase agriculture output".
He asserted that a crop loan waiver will not help stop suicides by farmers.
Fadnavis asked them that would they give a guarantee that after declaring a loan waiver, the farmers would not commit suicide. "Since the loan waiver of 2008-09, 16,000 farmers have committed suicide", Fadnavis said.
Mungantiwar said post-GST implementation, the state will focus on increasing its non-tax revenue income.
Both houses were stalled in the first session itself, with the Opposition deciding to not let the proceedings go on even on Friday and Saturday - the day the annual budget would be presented.
Later, Sena legislators Chandradeep Narke and Anil Kadam said, "The Congress and the NCP were responsible for the farmers' plight".
Talking to media persons, leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil charged that through his statement, the Chief Minister had tried to "mislead" the people. "But their concern is to cover up the corruption in the banks by infusing more funds availed through crop loan", he said.